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What are the benefits of oatmeal?
Oatmeal is a popular breakfast food because it is high in protein and dietary fiber. In this article, learn about the benefits of oatmeal and how to make it. (Medical News Today)

Diabetes: Fasting before a blood test might actually be harmful
Is it actually a good idea for people with diabetes to fast before having a blood cholesterol test? A new study suggests this may do more harm than good. (Medical News Today)

What are the best substitutes for heavy cream?
People use heavy cream to add thickness and creaminess to dishes or to create whipped cream for desserts. Here, we look at the best substitutes for heavy cream, including dairy, vegan, healthful, and savory options. (Medical News Today)

Health benefits of coconut milk
Coconut milk is made from the flesh of coconuts. It may support weight loss, heart health, and the immune system. Here, we discuss the benefits and nutritional contents of coconut milk, and some other factors to consider. (Medical News Today)

What are the benefits of flaxseed oil?
Learn about the health benefits of flaxseed oil, such as improved skin and cholesterol, decreased inflammation, and a reduced risk of diabetes. We also cover the potential risks of flaxseed oil, as well as how to use it. (Medical News Today)

9 healthful substitutes for butter
There are several common substitutes for butter, including coconut oil, mashed bananas, and avocado. Learn about the possible alternatives to butter here. (Medical News Today)

What are the best fish to eat for health?
Some types of fish can be a good source of high-quality protein and other nutrients. Some of the best fish to eat include wild-caught salmon, mackerel, herring, and sardines. Larger fish may contain mercury so people should consume them in moderation. Learn more about the best fish to eat and how to prepare them here. (Medical News Today)

Can cottonseed oil help lower your 'bad' cholesterol?
A recent study takes a look at how adding cottonseed oil to a high-fat diet impacts a person's levels of 'good' and 'bad' cholesterol, among other factors. (Medical News Today)

Should you fast before a cholesterol test?
Fasting before taking a cholesterol test used to be standard practice. Now, some doctors recommend that people do not fast before taking the test. Here, learn more about when people should fast before a cholesterol test, how long to fast for, and what the test results mean. (Medical News Today)

Seed oils are better for cholesterol than olive oil
A network meta-analysis of 55 studies suggests that safflower, rape, sunflower, and other seed oils are the best vegetable oils for improving cholesterol. (Medical News Today)

Does 'bad' cholesterol deserve its bad name?
A new study challenges the long-held belief that low-density lipoprotein cholesterol causes heart disease, and that statins benefit cardiovascular health. (Medical News Today)

Yo-yoing weight linked to higher cardiovascular risk
Researchers warn that fluctuations in a series of health measurements, including body weight, are linked with a heightened risk of cardiovascular events. (Medical News Today)

How many is too many eggs?
Many people add eggs to their diet to increase their protein intake. Although research once linked eggs to cholesterol, it has now proven that people can consume eggs safely. There is no set number of eggs a person should eat. Most people can eat 1–3 eggs per day. Learn more about how many eggs you should eat here. (Medical News Today)

What are some low-carb bread alternatives?
Many people choose to avoid bread for health reasons. They may be trying to lose weight on a low-carb or ketogenic diet or might be intolerant to gluten. Bread alternatives include cloud bread, eggplant, and nori sheets. Here, learn about some bread alternatives for making sandwiches, wraps, and other popular meals. (Medical News Today)

Cardiovascular disease: Study finds best drugs for prevention
A large cohort study finds out which treatments work best to prevent cardiovascular events in individuals with hypertension and other risk factors. (Medical News Today)

'Good' cholesterol: How much is too much?
According to new research, after a certain point, ‘good’ cholesterol becomes bad for you, raising the risk of heart attack and cardiovascular death. (Medical News Today)

High cholesterol early in life boosts heart disease risk
The findings of a new study suggest that cholesterol levels should be measured and kept in check much earlier in life so as to avoid cardiovascular harm. (Medical News Today)

What fast foods can you eat on a low-carb diet?
Many people choose to follow a low-carb diet. This means eating out can be a challenge. It is especially true of fast food restaurants. There are, though, many alternatives and substitutes that people can select, which allows them to stick to their diet. Learn more about what fast foods you can eat on a low-carb diet. (Medical News Today)

How are thyroid and cholesterol related?
The thyroid gland produces thyroid hormones that regulate many bodily functions. However, when thyroid levels are too high or too low, they can affect cholesterol levels in the body. This article looks at how thyroid hormones and cholesterol are linked, and what treatments are available to correct any imbalances. (Medical News Today)

What is a lipoma?
A lipoma is a small, fatty lump that grows under a person’s skin. Lipomas typically appear on the shoulders, trunk, neck, or armpits. It is not clear what cause lipomas, but they are usually harmless. Surgeons can remove lipomas for cosmetic reasons or if they are causing pain or other symptoms. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Does 'good cholesterol' really protect heart health?
It has been generally accepted that high levels of 'good cholesterol' protect the heart. But new research questions this, urging specialists to reassess. (Medical News Today)

Is it true that 'healthy obesity' boosts death risk?
New research questions whether metabolically healthy obesity — obesity without diabetes, hypertension, or high cholesterol — actually increases mortality. (Medical News Today)

Gene editing shown to lower cholesterol in monkeys
In a first-of-its kind study, genome editing is proven to reduce 'bad' cholesterol in large animals. The findings pave the way for human clinical trials. (Medical News Today)

What to know about reduced blood flow to the brain
The brain requires constant blood flow for it to function correctly. Not getting enough blood flow to the brain could be a sign of a vertebrobasilar circulatory disorder. Symptoms can include slurred speech and dizziness. Learn more about the symptoms and causes of vertebrobasilar circulatory disorders here. (Medical News Today)

Is drinking ginger water good for health?
Ginger is a well-known traditional remedy for treating a variety of health conditions, such as pain and nausea. Drinking ginger water is a convenient way of consuming ginger for its potential health benefits. Here, we examine the possible benefits and risks of ginger water, as well as how to make it at home. (Medical News Today)

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